Anti-adhesive effects of plant wax coverage on insect attachment.

Gorb, Elena and Gorb, Stanislav (2017) Anti-adhesive effects of plant wax coverage on insect attachment. Journal of Experimental Botany, 68 (19). pp. 5323-5337. DOI 10.1093/jxb/erx271.

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The long period of reciprocal antagonistic coevolution between some insect and plant species has led to the development of plant surface attributes that reduce insect attachment. These features serve as a defence against herbivores, sap-sucking insects and nectar robbers, contribute to a temporary capture of insect pollinators, and prevent the escape of insects from traps of carnivorous plants. This review summarises the literature on attachment-mediated insect–plant interactions. A short introduction to attachment systems of insects is presented and the effect of three-dimensional epicuticular waxes on insect attachment is illustrated by many examples. Special attention is given to the mechanisms of the anti-attachment properties of plant wax structures (the roughness hypothesis, the contamination hypothesis, the fluid-adsorption hypothesis, and the wax-dissolving hypothesis) and their ecological implications.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Adhesive pad, epicuticular wax, mechanism, reduction, three-dimensional coverage, wax crystals
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1093/jxb/erx271
ISSN: 0022-0957
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 10:11
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2019 09:11

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